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Nintendo Download: 1st December 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

A bumper crop

There's plenty to choose from this week, with WiiWare, 3DS download software, DSiWare and 3DS Virtual Console all represented, though there's no sign of resurrection on Wii's Virtual Console. Here's what's available this coming Thursday.

3DS Download Software

Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, €5/£4.50) — The first downloadable pinball game on 3DS, this offers online leaderboards and friend challenges to keep you pinging back to the tables. You can read our Zen Pinball 3D preview to see what we made of an early preview version, and check back for our review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Lock 'n Chase (Game Boy, G-Mode, €3/£2.70) — A decent little maze game that saw release in Japan last month, we'll have a full review in the near future.


Castle Conqueror — Revolution (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500pts) — A good extension of the Castle Conqueror series that introduces some new features but doesn't quite put them all together as satisfyingly as other entries in the series. Still, our Castle Conqueror — Revolution review awards it a healthy 7/10 score.

21: Blackjack (Digital Leisure, 200pts) — Released in Europe over a year after its North American appearance, this is an OK representation of the card game with a few welcome options keeping things interesting. Check through our 21: Blackjack review for more.


Gnomz (QubicGames, 500pts) — At half the price of its North American counterpart, Qubic's gnome-stomping fighter becomes a bit of a better deal, but you should still read our Gnomz review before taking the plunge.

Nintendo Video

Circus 3D — Videos of the circus — in 3D! Nothing more needs to be said.

What's got you licking your lips this week?

From the web

User Comments (43)



mac_hine said:

ZEN PINBALL!! yes! i hope it hits NA soon! easily my most anticipated eShop game.



Omega said:

Nothing interesting for the Wii at the moment. But it's not bad because I have no money for anything but necessities anyway.



stromboli said:

I'm hoping NA releases Wii VC soon. It's about time. And NoA should also announce the Xenoblade and other releases for 2012.



Freelance said:

Zen Pinball isn't the FIRST pinball game on 3DS! What about Pinball Hall of Fame Williams Collection? Zen would be the first game on Eshop, but not the first game period.

Don't mind me but I think it's very sad everyone raves about Zen when nobody gives a crap about the Hall of Fame collections. I much prefer Hall of Fame to Zen but I will still get Zen someday.



Morpheel said:

Wasn't there already a pinball game for the 3DS?

Well, now this comment makes no sense.



FigetingPigeon said:

Mario Kart 7 for me this Friday. I can't wait!! I'd love to play against some of the NintendoLife forum players. We'll have to give out friend codes and hook up some time.



McRokert said:

The 3DS gets better and better , Zen Pinball will be mine Thursday and i think i will buy that Virtual Console game looks decent enough , And on Friday of course MK7 , Who is complaining about lack of good sheize for the 3DS now ? Huh ? Who ?



chiefeagle02 said:

Maybe Zen Pinball for me (assuming NA gets it on Thursday as well), depending on how the review goes. MK7 might be a Christmas request.




Wow, seems like no one is looking forward to Lock 'n' Chase. Since I'm probably one of the only people here that owned a copy of this as a kid and have fond memories of it, I feel obliged to say something about it. The basic game play is identical to Pac Man, in that you go around a maze eating dots and avoiding enemies. But it's at least five times better, considering that the level layouts change, there are multiple kinds of enemies, and a few extra hooks over Pac Man. Don't write it off, it really is a good game. Just give it a little consideration. On a different note, can't wait for Zen Pinball, been looking forward to it for a while. It seems that 3DSware is finally picking up



MeloMan said:

PLEASE be good Zen Pinball... I LOVES me some pinball, but it can't suck. fingers crossed



daznsaz said:

spending all my time in tales of the abyss at the minute.but will get the pinball game.



wwww said:

Interesting that Gnomz is getting a price cut. I guess that reflects well on the developers that they are (assumedly) trying to respond to criticism — all four reviews counted on metacritic for Gnomz noted the price was too steep for the game. Yeah, I even read the Brazilian Portuguese one to check. I wonder how the game would have fared had it started at a lower price point to begin with.



SKTTR said:

I'm getting GNÖMZ. Sounds like a fun little multiplayer party platformer.

Snowpack Park next please.



TikiTong said:

Hopefully the Circus 3D video comes to NA, cause it sounds cool. Did anyone else get the Red Bull Track Simulator. I thought that was cool, and the 3D was sick!



Jono97 said:

seriously, Australia receives these things so fast... We already have Zen pinball the game in the eshop since like Saturday or something..



BenAV said:

Lies... I don't see it anywhere! D:

"Coming to Nintendo eShop"
You got me all excited for nothing.
Oh well, guess I have to wait till Thursday/Friday.



GreenAbobo said:

I've got my fingers crossed for a stateside release of Zen Pinball too. Will pick up a points card tomorrow just in case.



daznsaz said:

just got pinball its good fun trying to work your way up the scoreboards for country overall etc.never bought pinball game this though its a must have.



BenAV said:

Well, I managed to get to #1 in Australia for Excalibur in Zen Pinball... But only 13 other people are on the leaderboard so I'm sure a lot of people will beat me before long.
But at least I've had my moment in the sun.



Ryno said:

39. GreenAbobo, Your avatar almost made me spit out my morning coffee! Hilarious...



Dyl_73 said:

Zen pinball is great. Just got to top of local leader board. Probably won't be there for long.

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